2 Samuel 9:6-7
Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy Father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.
Mephibosheth really didn’t deserve anything, being part of Saul’s family, now that David was on the throne. He could not really benefit David in any way. But David loved Jonathan, Mephibosheth’s father. They’d had a covenant, a bond, a friendship. And so for Jonathan’s sake, David would show Mephibosheth kindness. He would restore to him his father’s land. He would give to him a special place in the king’s house as if he were one of his sons.
This is the definition of grace. We are so unworthy of the love and kindness of God. We were part of the enemy’s family. We had nothing good in and of ourselves. But the King shows us mercy. For Jesus’ sake, we can go to the King’s house. We can be restored. We can have a place as a child of God at His table. It has nothing to do with us and everything to do with the one who gives it.
When David looked at Mephibosheth, perhaps he reminded him of Jonathan. Maybe he looked like him or sounded like him. Maybe he could see the likeness of the father in the son. And isn’t it true that, though we are sinners, we bear the image of our Father in us? And doesn’t that make us worth redeeming in Jesus’ eyes?
One of the most amazing things about grace is that it is totally undeserved. There is no way to earn it. There is just an opportunity to accept it. Mephibosheth could have reacted in fear and turned away from David. He could have reacted with bitterness and refused to accept anything from him. He could have tried to stand against him and ended up cast away forever. But he humbled himself before the king, accepted his offer, and experienced the blessings of that. We have the same opportunity when confronted with the grace of God. Will we accept it or reject it? Will we refuse Him or embrace Him? Will we pridefully stand against Him or humbly receive that gift and enter into that special and blessed relationship with the King?